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Old 01-06-2013, 08:36 PM   eBay Motors  #1 (permalink)
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I just bought a used 2001 LB7 2500 with a 12 inch lift about 3 months ago that had 125k on it. I had no intention of towing anything and then voila! I rented a trailer to take the kids (7&9) and the wife camping. They really liked it more than I expected and I suspect that I am going down the path of doing a lot of RVing in the next 5 years.

I started looking at the bigger bumper pull rigs (the last one was a 10,000 lb 35 ft that I rented). As you can imagine it is not optimal with the lift. Reading that the 5ers are the way to go and that is out of the quesiton with the 12 inch lift.

So that means lowering the truck back to 4inch or stock, changing tires, etc. What can I expect to be able to haul with the 2500 in terms of size of 5er?

The other option is to take it in the shorts and dump the truck and buy a DRW 2009 3500 4WD.

Anyone want to offer some expert advice on whether to re-tool the K2500 or just take the hit and get a K3500 DRW?

Thanks in advance. I'm new to the tow life, and it seems that lifts and towing are not exactly compatible for serious towing.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:12 PM   eBay Motors  #2 (permalink)
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We have a 28' bumper pull w slide out and it is fine for four of us. We don't travel long distances with it though. IMO the dually and 5th wheel would be the way to go if traveling long distances.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:26 PM   eBay Motors  #3 (permalink)
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Old 01-07-2013, 09:06 AM   eBay Motors  #4 (permalink)
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If you tow a lot, get a dually. If this is a weekend thing or even a once a month thing and you use your truck as a daily driver, keep the SRW and buy a camper it can haul.

With a SRW you should be able to safely tow upwards of 16,000 lbs. Just keep an eye on pin weight, toy hauler type trailers have heavy pin weights unloaded.
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I totally agree with premis.
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I only put about 6K per year on my truck. My DD is a sedan. I need to check the GVWR on the sticker to see what I can haul. Mine is a 2500 so I'm sure it will be a bit lower.

Oh, and I did drive a 2012 k3500 LTZ DRW today just to see how it drove and it drove reeeally nice. Nothing that 48K won't fix! Plus I'd take it in the shorts on my "new" 2001 K2500HD after just having a new CP3, AD165, Autometers, Calvin's built trans, and Kory Willis EFI with DSP instgalled.
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I only put about 6K per year on my truck. My DD is a sedan. I need to check the GVWR on the sticker to see what I can haul. Mine is a 2500 so I'm sure it will be a bit lower.

Oh, and I did drive a 2012 k3500 LTZ DRW today just to see how it drove and it drove reeeally nice. Nothing that 48K won't fix! Plus I'd take it in the shorts on my "new" 2001 K2500HD after just having a new CP3, AD165, Autometers, Calvin's built trans, and Kory Willis EFI with DSP instgalled.
How's that trans treatin ya? :-)

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35 footer with 2 kids , thats not camping,
Just 4 of you, I would go a bit smaller and tow behind... and leave truck alone
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How's that trans treatin ya? :-)

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Bro the tranny aint bad. I don't drive it much so it is still learning I think. the 3/4 upshift seems quite a bit harsher than the 1/2 and 2/3 when I'm rolling into it. The tunes are sick. I have to keep remebering that I can't even roll into it good on "5" with out serious axle wrap. I need to get traction bars quick if I keep it.

Thanks for the help on it. Who knows? If I get the 2012 dually, I'll have to be back for new tunes!
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35 footer with 2 kids , thats not camping,
Just 4 of you, I would go a bit smaller and tow behind... and leave truck alone
Yeah, you're tellin me? My wife likes to take a small apartment with her.....

I'd be happy with a tent and some sleeping bags, but that ain't flying with the boss.
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